I bought Scrivener a year or two ago (which obviously cost a bit) but abandoned it in favour of using Google Drive. I am now conflicted. Throughout my early childhood (about 5 to 11 years old) I wrote only using pen and paper (occasionally being allowed to type up stories on the family pc - one of the really old ones, haha - with my Mum who would help with my spelling etc. From the ages of 12 onwards - don't worry all this is going somewhere! - I was given my own pc for my writing and to type up homework (essays etc.) while my Mum used to family pc to do her own work. So I got comfortable using Microsoft Word for my writing and using dictionaries, thesauruses and encyclopedias as my research sources. Then, at the age of 16 years old I was allowed internet access on my own pc (having to use the internet via the family pc before then) but I still wasn't really drawn to using it for anything other than research and talking to my friends. However, almost 9 years on I have been using Google Drive for the past 5 years as my primary location for my writing as it is reminiscent of Microsoft Word but is always free and I can access it anywhere as long as I have an internet connection. Unfortunately though, using Drive means being on the internet (for the most part as you can make some documents available offline but I find using it while connected to the internet is easier when it comes to research purposes) and I have found over the past few years that that is my biggest procrastination tool and really affects my ability to get much writing done quite often. I do still write in notebooks from time to time but,for the majority, I write on my pc or my laptop. Recently the internet has become my procrastination crutch quite badly and I ended up looking at Scrivener again out of curiosity. Now, I've heard a lot of good things about Scrivener and I know a lot of writers use it. I am interested in the way they have laid everything out and the features they have included seems to mean that I won't ever need to go on my internet browser while I have the programme open whereas, with Google Drive, I am already on the internet and sometime have to constantly open new tabs for research which then often lead to a tirade of google searches or '5 second' social media checks that actually last an hour each (by extension, this would also mean that if the internet was down I could still working on my story if it was on Scrivener but not if it was on Google Drive). One thing that does concerns me though (other than the hassle I would have of learning how to use Scrivener (something that I have heard can take a long time) and of moving all my notes and chapters over to the programme) is the programme's export process which I have heard produces documents that are unreadable by other computers or word processors. So, basically, I just wanted to know how you feel about Scrivener and if you would recommend it ... Does the export process really mean that I wouldn't be able to export my Scrivener files to Microsoft, or Google Drive, documents on my pc (for a secondary location as a just-in-case precaution which I like to do)? If that is the case, and I will have to copy and paste my documents straight onto a Microsoft or Drive file, is there any point to me using Scrivener in the long run? With all that I have told you, do you think I should stick to Drive or use Drive as my backup and Scrivener as my main writing medium? If you managed to read this through all the way to the end and/or reply then THANK YOU!